In August 1969 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. A gunny sergeant, he was discharged November 13, 1993.
He was a member of American Legion Post #330 and V.F.W. Post #2457, both of New Haven and was actively involved with Toys for Tots.
Surviving relatives include three daughters, Bobbi (Joe) Amore, Candus R. Penn and Karen L. Penn, all of Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren; a mother, Doris Krider of Kimmell; a brother, Rick (Linda) Krider of Ligonier; and three sisters, Phyllis (Doug) Herendeen of Churubusco, Linda Penn of Pennsylvania and Pamela Taflinger of Garrett.
He was preceded in death by his father and his step- father, Ronald Krider.
The funeral service was held Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 8 p.m. at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to Muscular Sclerosis Society.
Condolences may be sent to smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.